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# For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in

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For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788, England exiled some 160,000 criminals to
Australia.

(A) For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788,
(B) Beginning in 1788 for a period of a hundred years,
(C) Beginning a period of almost a hundred years, in 1788
(D) During a hundred years, a period beginning in 1788,
(E) Over a period of a hundred years beginning in 1788,
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14 Feb 2005, 08:59
has to be "E"
"A" says as if england had its begining in 1788.

"B"- same error as "A"

"C" - says as if england started to began a period in 1788

"D" - remove the parenthetical part(ie- that between the comma's) the sentence looks like " during a hundred years england exiled some---- awkard construction.
when ever during is mentioned the time period should be specific. and in "D" the specific time period is mentioned in the parenthetical part.

"E" is correct and concise.

i wonder whether this would be correct or not

during a period of hundred years begining in 1788, england exiled----
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14 Feb 2005, 10:27
good explanation, dipaksingh

I am curious about what's wrong with D.

The usage of during must specify a particular time, right?

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14 Feb 2005, 10:35
"During a hundred years, a period beginning in 1788" used a nonrestrictive clause, seems to indicate that the hundred year is somehow a specific period that is identical to the period beginning in 1788.

It may be esier to explain with examples:

During the Great Culture Revolution, a period beginning in 1966, ... This would be correct

Since there are many "a hundred years", if you want to modify it you need to use restrictive clause, such as:

During a hundred years that began in 1788 ...
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14 Feb 2005, 11:27
E it is

please read my explanations in this post on proper usage of during.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=11318
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14 Feb 2005, 11:27
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